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Agriculture and Technology

Bachelor Of

Code: HELSBATE Cricos: 070935F



Fairfield, Epping


Fairfield, Epping


3 years full time / part time


3 years full time / part time


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Learn the science behind the green

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Sports Turf Science and Management combines an agricultural background with a growing modern industry.

Sports turf management involves the preparation and management of grassed playing surfaces, including golf courses, bowling greens, tennis courts, cricket wickets, playing fields, ovals and racecourses. With hundreds of sporting greens in Australia and thousands more around the world, sports turf management combines a love of sports with a passion for the natural world into a lifelong career. Our sights are firmly set on the future of farming and sustainability and you’ll learn modern and dynamic skills and techniques to bring farming forward, whatever you choose.

Get experience in the industry before you graduate

This degree aims to get you industry-ready, and you’ll train in contemporary and traditional methods of farming. In your core areas of study you’ll learn all about agricultural systems, technologies, strong business principles, practical sustainable practices and climate change impacts. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Sports Turf Science and Management major teaches a specialist skill set, including the establishment and maintenance of recreational turf, preparation of sports playing surfaces, management of recreational and sports turf facilities, turf irrigation and pest and disease control. You will learn how to use the latest technologies and methodologies being used by the industry at Melbourne Polytechnic’s state-of-the-art facilities. You will also have the opportunity to pursue internships at some of the world’s most elite sporting grounds. Join Melbourne Polytechnic’s community of nationally and internationally renowned sports turf specialists, including multiple Sports Turf Awards’ Graduates of the Year and multiple alumni who have gone on to participate in the Future Turf Managers program in the United States.

Skills for the future of the playing field

Agriculture is a varied field with a need for people who can work across multiple disciplines. You’ll gain the necessary licences to operate machinery and vehicles on working farms and you’ll learn how best to incorporate sustainable practices, both business and practical, into your agricultural career. Sports Turf Science and Management major graduates might work as a golf course or turf wicket curator, a bowling greenkeeper, a sporting venue groundskeeper or consultant, an irrigation assistant or even within local government or independently as a consultant, specialising in the growth and maintenance of recreational turf, preparation of sports playing surfaces or recreational and sports turf facility management.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Agriculture is a varied field with a need for people who can work across multiple disciplines. You’ll gain the necessary licences to operate machinery and vehicles on working farms and you’ll learn how best to incorporate sustainable practices, both business and practical, into your agricultural career.
  • Groundsperson
  • Greenkeeper
  • Turf Farm Assistant
  • Community Facility Groundskeeper
  • Turf Wicket Curator
  • Community Facility Horticulturalist
  • Golf Club Manager
  • Sports Turf Maintainer
  • Turf Curator
  • Grounds and Maintenance Supervisor


Successful completion means you can go on to further post-graduate study in Agriculture - you could consider a Masters qualification in any of the majors

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Class Schedule

6-7 years
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM

Assessment Methods

Assessments are a mixture of essays, reports, problem solving tasks, quizzes, case studies, oral presentations, group activities, practical competencies, reflective journals, tutorial tasks, literature reviews and examinations.

Units of Study

Credit points are a basic measure of student workload. All subjects are given a credit point value. Most subjects at Melbourne Polytechnic are 12 credit points. A normal full-time annual workload is 96 credit points. The academic year is divided into two main semesters; full-time students usually enrol in 48 credit points each semester, part-time students usually enrol in 24 credit points each semester or less.

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Description Year Semester
AGR1AST AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS & TECHNOLOGY Core This subject introduces traditional and modern production systems, Australian agricultural enterprises, markets agricultural technologies. Knowledge of key concepts of farming, systems, climate concepts and composition of landscapes. Agricultural practical skills that cross both a generic platform and an enterprise specific pathway. The safe operation of agricultural equipment will be acquired. 1 1
SCI2GPB APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING Core Plant breeding techniques utilising modern methods. Concepts in molecular biology, genomics, plant breeding and bioinformatics. Skills such as grafting, plant tissue culture, nucleic acid extraction, polymerase chain reaction and desirable plant traits. Molecular techniques will be evaluated for detecting genetic variation in natural populations. Techniques of statistical genomics. 2 1
AGR3RP1 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 1 Core This subject develops student theoretical knowledge and skills of the methods and project management skills required to plan and undertake an applied research project. Students will develop an understanding of applied research practices and processes including searching, analysing and synthesising relevant literature; research methodologies, methods of data collection; ethical considerations. 3
SCI2PLP PLANT PHYSIOLOGY Core Knowledge of plant physiology,  interactions in crop production. Processes from cellular level to seedling emergence and maturation. Artificial and natural influences on plant physiology and growth. Natural plant breeding systems and implications of genetic modification will be investigated in the context of crop, vine and pasture production systems. 2 2
AGR3RP2 APPLIED RESEARCH PROJECT 2 Core Students will continue and complete the second part of an applied research project begun in Applied Research Project 1. Undertake a small research project including: collection, analysis and interpretation of data; present findings. Students will demonstrate selected relevant project management processes and techniques to complete their project on time. 3
SCI2SED STATISTICS AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Core Introduction to statistical concepts and techniques and the application of statistics in management and decision makings. Experimental design and sampling techniques within a management context for a range of primary industries. Statistical analysis techniques to interpret, transform, manipulate and present data.  Ability to use appropriate terminology in presenting findings. 2 2
SCI1LS2 LIVING SYSTEMS 2 Core Living Systems II builds on Living Systems I, which synthesises the fields of traditional biology and chemistry to explore the interrelationship of the two fields. Living Systems II extends concepts into aspects of more advanced fields including metabolism, ecology, organic chemistry and water analysis. 1 2
SCI2ECO ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS Core Develop ecological processes to understand primary industries. Ecosystems and how processes link the living and non-living components. Areas includes: soil origin, formation, classification, chemistry, carbon and organic matter;  characteristics of water; the principles of aquatic science; aquatic ecosystems; nutrient cycles in ecosystem health, energy flows and food chains. 2 2
SCI1LS1 LIVING SYSTEMS 1 Core Living Systems I brings together biology and chemistry. Chemistry its role in biological systems. Significance of biological compounds. Molecular structures and processes, measurement and bonding and their significance. Living cells, their arrangement in organs and significance in partial and whole systems. Safe handling of materials and environmental and ethical responsibilities. 1 1

Fees & Costs

Course Fees

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Melbourne Polytechnic delivers this course on behalf of La Trobe University. All applications for this course are made directly applying to La Trobe University.